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Media Center

Ms. Murphy, Media Specialist and Ms. Stringfellow, Media Clerk

General Information

The Blue Lake Elementary School Media Staff seeks to make the media center the heart of the school creating a culture of reading and literacy. The primary goal of the media center is to establish a love of reading and enjoyment for the media center as a fun place to read and learn.

The media center is open to students from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in media classes and full use of the center.  Students will receive age appropriate instruction on the use of the media center, literature enrichment, study skills, and STEM/technology related lessons.

The media center is open early and after school. Students may also come during lunch and/or recess. When students visit the media center, they may read, take Reading Counts quizzes, and check-in and out books. Finding a just right book is always encouraged.

Use the link below to check and see if a book has a Reading Counts quiz!

Reading Counts prizes are distributed the first week of every month. The Reading Counts Ice Cream Sundae Reward Party is the first Friday of every month. Here is a list of prizes for Reading Counts points. 

Students can keep their book(s) for two weeks maximum.  If they are not finished with the book after that time period, they need to renew it for another two weeks.  Students in grades K-1 may check out one book at a time.  Students in grades 2-5 may check out two books at a time.  Read them and return them.

If you have questions regarding media programming, please call us at 822-4070 (x21945 or x22096).

Types of books in the media center:  

  • Fiction
  • Everybody fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Biography
  • Reference  

Additional materials/equipment:  

  • laptops
  • iPads
  • robots
  • Makerspace centers​ 

Additional Resources

Sunshine State Readers JR

Sunshine State Readers (2nd - 3rd) A Modified List

Sunshine State Readers (4th-5th)​

Harry Potter Series Challenge

Media Center Access

The purpose of the school library media center is to encourage the love of reading and to support the school community and curriculum goals through self-selected reading materials. The media specialist collaborates with families and teachers to support students in the selection of reading materials that meet their reading interests.

Media Access Levels

Parents and guardians have the right to limit their child’s access to materials in the school library. The media access level a parent/guardian selects for their student will be in effect for the student’s academic career in Volusia County Schools. The parent/guardian may request a change in access at any time by completing the form again or contacting the school media specialist.

The default access for all students is limited.

Definitions of access levels


  • Limited Access: A student may access materials in the media center except for items on the parent permission required list and Young Adult (YA) titles (middle school only).
  • Unlimited Access: A student has full access to the materials in Volusia County Schools libraries including access to any titles that require parent permission. This includes permission for the student to check out Young Adult (YA) titles when the student is in middle school.
  • No Access: A student is not permitted access to materials in any of the Volusia County Schools libraries without parent permission.

Process for Modifying Media Access

Parents may modify their child’s access to materials in the school library by completing the Volusia County Schools Media Access or by completing a paper-based Volusia County Schools Media Access form available from the school media specialist.

Media Center Access Form

School Card Catalog (Search for Book)

Library Media Center Collection Development 

Each school library media collection is developed in accordance with Volusia County School Board Policy 320 and Florida Statute 1006.28.

Each book made available to students through a school district library media center or included in a recommended or assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students. 

2. Each district school board shall adopt procedures for developing library media center collections and post the procedures on the website for each school within the district. The procedures must: 

a. Require that book selections meet the criteria in s. 1006.40(3)(d). 

  • Free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012

  • Suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented. 

  • Appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used or made available. 

b. Require consultation of reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals and school community stakeholders. 

c. Provide for library media center collections based on reader interest, support of state academic standards and aligned curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty. 

d. Provide for the regular removal or discontinuance of books based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment to state academic standards and relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and required removal pursuant to subparagraph (a)2. 


Selection Process 

  1. The media specialist develops a recommended list of books that meet the needs of the school per the collection development guidelines.  

  1. The media specialist provides the school media advisory committee with professional reviews of each book prior to meeting.  

  1. The school media advisory committee meets to review and approve the list. The committee must come to a consensus on approvals. If the committee is unable to come to a consensus, the principal along with the media specialist is responsible for the final decision. 


Challenged Materials:

Volusia County School Board Policy 320 establishes the procedures for the review of complaints concerning media materials.

Specific Material Objection Form